Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist live-action series introduces us to Ken

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Last month, we got our first look at Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, the upcoming live-action series that will debut on Machinima’s YouTube channel in May. Now the series has released a new, character-focused trailer that introduces Ken, one-half of the duo (along with Ryu) whose story will form the narrative thread of Assassin’s Fist.

Created by the filmmaking team behind the 2010 fan film Street Fighter: Legacy, the series tells the story of Ken and Ryu’s pursuit of becoming the prestigious Ansatsuken Master, and how their quest affects the destinies of many of the iconic characters in Capcom’s Street Fighter franchise.

Series co-writer Christian Howard plays blonde fighter Ken Masters, with Mike Moh as Ryu, Togo Igawa (The Last Samurai) as Gōtetsu, Akira Koieyama as Gōken, Gaku Space as Gōki, Mark Killeen (The Dark Knight Rises) as Mr. Masters, and Hal Yamanouchi as Senzo. Co-writer Joey Ansah (who co-directed Street Fighter: Legacy) plays fan-favorite character Akuma.

Machinima has had found success with live-action series based on popular gaming franchises, with Mortal Kombat: Legacy, its sequel, Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2, and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn receiving over 130 million views (collectively) since debuting on Machinima’s YouTube channel.

The Street Fighter series also has the support of the Capcom team, with Senior Product Manager Matt Dahlgren stating (via press release) that “we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

“Their work embodies the heart and soul of what Street Fighter is and we’re thrilled that Machinima will be able to deliver the epic series to those who care about the celebrated franchise as much as we do,” he added.

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is expected to debut in May, though it’s reasonable to expect we’ll see a few more character-focused trailers between now and the series’ premiere.